Food & Wine Pairing

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Contrary to popular belief, there are no hard and fast rules for matching food with wine. The best way to learn is try any wine with any recipe. Look for how the food complements the wine or doesn't complement. If the food overpowers the wine, then obviously that isn't the right match.

Food & Wine Pairing Tips

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The old rule of red wine with meat, white wine with fish also can be thrown out the window. Although it can be a good starting point, we have often had salmon with a lighter red like Pinot Noir or even an older Cabernet Sauvignon.

Conversely, there are some bigger styled white wines that have matched well with meat.

The message here is go with what you feel is right. Just enjoy the type of wine you drink and the foods you eat. Don't let anyone tell you what's right and what's wrong. We reiterate our original thought: Experiment!

Food & Wine Pairing Chart

Looking for some guidance on time-tested food and wine pairings? Check our handy pairing chart below to see traditional recommendations for matching the best wine with your meal.

  Cabernet Chardonnay Gewurztraminer Merlot Pinot
Noir
Riesling Sauvignon
Blanc
Zinfandel
Appetizers X white wine glass white wine glass X X white wine glass white wine glass X
Asian Food X X white wine glass X X white wine glass X X
Beef red wine glass X X red wine glass red wine glass X X red wine glass
Cheese,
Mild
X X white wine glass X X white wine glass white wine glass X
Cheese,
Strong
red wine glass white wine glass X red wine glass red wine glass white wine glass white wine glass red wine glass
Chocolate red wine glass X X red wine glass X X X X
Pasta,
Cream Sauce
X X X X X X white wine glass X
Pasta,
Red Sauce
red wine glass X X red wine glass red wine glass X X red wine glass
Pork X white wine glass white wine glass X red wine glass white wine glass X X
Poultry X white wine glass white wine glass X X white wine glass white wine glass X
Seafood X white wine glass X X X white wine glass white wine glass X
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